Arbor Day celebrated by B.A. Kennedy and Prairie Catholic First Graders

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First graders, their teachers, Arbor Day presenters, and members of the City Tree Board pose with the Prairie du Chien Tree City USA flag at the Crawford County Court House Lawn for the 2023 Arbor Day Celebration. (Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

B.A. Kennedy student Joy is aided by Randy Ludvig as she tries to spray the portable water hose. (Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

Braxton, from B.A. Kennedy, closes his eyes to fully experience White Pine needles. (Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

On Friday April 28, 1st graders from Prairie Catholic and B.A. Kennedy schools took part in the Prairie du Chien Arbor Day Celebration. The students were welcomed by Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Director Mike Ulrich. The program had three stations for the students to learn about forest management, tree identification, and fire prevention. Randy Ludvig, Lead Street Department Operator and Tree Maintenance Expert, spoke to the students about LaRiviera Park and what is done for forest upkeep and management. Travis Bunting, Crawford County Conservation Specialist, shared with the students about the dangers of forest fires and how fires are managed. Students were able to use a hand pump fire extinguisher to practice putting out fires. Mark Pedretti, former high school teacher, with 30 years of teaching wildlife and forestry classes, provided a hands-on demonstration of  wildlife and the trees around us. 

All students received a tree provided to them by the St. Feriole Island Gardens to plant with their family.

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